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Introduction to Cloth Diapering

Introduction to Cloth Diapering I’m a cloth diapering mom of three. Yep, three in diapers! My 3 year old toddler (who is finally getting the hang of potty training), and 7 month old twins. I don’t pretend to be an expert when it comes to cloth, but I’ve got a few years’ worth of experience under my belt and am happy to share my knowledge with other families. Cloth diapering can be intimidating at first, and seem super overwhelming. So, I’ll share a few simple tips here and if you want to learn more, join me at the Introduction...

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Braxton Hicks or Labor Contractions

Many moms, whether first time moms, previous scheduled cesarean or induced moms get anxious wondering if they will prematurely go to their midwife or hospital due to Braxton Hicks, which are irregular contractions or “false labor”. While some Braxton Hicks are often unnoticeable, some can feel like real contractions, so this is a great tool in determining if those truly are labor producing contractions. With Braxton Hicks, they are infrequent, irregular and not usually intense. They also have no pattern, don’t intensify, aren’t predictable and will taper off and disappear. Some women don’t ever feel them and some only report feeling “uncomfortable”....

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You need Dr. Stu in your life

As a birth worker, I am always looking to keep updated on not only evidence based birth related information, but anecdotal evidence and legal rights in pregnancy and labor.  I want to know what has worked for families in order to best support their needs. Unfortunately, some people want to discredit doulas and midwives simply because we haven’t had medical training (as if attending thousands of births means nothing).  So having a doctor that thinks like a midwife would be ideal for most parents, however most doctors practice in the Medical Model of Care, as opposed to the Midwifery...

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Skin to Skin in the OR

Immediately after babies are born, they are stressed out by the experience, and their bodies are coursing with stress hormones — which make them more sensitive to odor and more able to root out Mom’s nipple and latch on. But after waiting too long, she says, “those stress hormones drop.”

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Biggest C-Section Risk May Be Your Hospital

While some women opt for a cesarean, and some have a legitimate emergency that requires this surgery, the majority of women who have cesareans are at a higher risk simply because of the hospital they choose. Let that sink in for a moment. It isn’t demographics. It isn’t privilege or status.  It is merely WHERE you choose to have your baby. http://www.consumerreports.org/doctors-hospitals/your-biggest-c-section-risk-may-be-your-hospital/ What doctors fail to tell you is the associated long term risks with having that first...

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